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Explorations in Christology

The Impact of Process / Relational Thought


John Anthony Sullivan

The classical Hellenic concept of God as self-consistent (incapable of internal mutability and passionality) is rejected by process theologians on the basis of the immediacy of lived experience and the biblical witness. All actual reality is relational. Process theologians attempt to arrive at modern Christological statements which would do justice to the central intention of traditional creedal affirmations. If Christ can be considered «the image of creative transformation» in the context of contemporary theological pluralism, even Paul Tillich's category of existentialist ontology is adaptable. The cosmological «image» of Christ is compatible with the ontological «symbol» of New Being in Jesus as the Christ. The consequences for exploratory Christological affirmations to account for God's unique presence in Jesus the Christ are appealing to modernity.
Contents: Reconciliation of process theology (e.g. Pittenger, Cobb) with classical ontological theology (e.g. Tillich) - Tentative Christologies emerge that meet the criteria of Christian orthodoxy for modernity.